Beth Nielsen Chapman in Dorset

TEXAS-born singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, who has a new album out, is coming to Gillingham on 10th March, and the Electric Palace at Bridport at the end of the month, on Thursday 29th.

The Gillingham concert has been arranged by the Gillingham Festival committee and will be performed at Gillingham School.

The newly released Hearts of Glass, her 13th solo album, is a poignant collection of new songs about vulnerability and strength which includes several new compositions and a striking new versions of old songs.

Beth, who is a breast cancer survivor, and some years ago had a benign brain tumour which was successfully removed, had another difficult year in 2017, including her husband being diagnosed with leukaemia in August.  He has had months of treatment but is now in remission, and this sense of hope and life is one of the threads in the new songs, which tread a delicate line between the fragility and the power of life and love.

There is another West Country gig for this brilliant and resilient singer, at Bristol’s St Georges venue, on Friday 30th March.

Beth has provided the backing vocals for Mary Gauthier’s new album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, written in conjuction with veterans and serving soldiers about their experiences of war and its aftermath. Mary will be performing songs from the album on a UK tour, coming to The Tunnels in Bristol on Tuesday 8th May.